A tiny paradise getaway and a favourite beach retreat among Bali expats, Gili Air features stunning beaches, a serene absence of motorised transport and an incredible range of dining venues to treat your taste buds and feast your eyes. Discover the top ten restaurants in Gili Air.
Wiwin is a simple oceanfront restaurant located north from the “central” part of the tiny island. Cosy cushions, low tables and only a couple of metres from the calm turquoise waters offer tropical perfection. Wiwin offers an incredible range of local and international dishes at the superb value.
Probably the most frequented restaurant by holiday-makers, Scallywags serves gorgeous organic meals in a stunning beachfront setting. Though this restaurant is quite pricey, it is still well worth a visit.
Waterfront is a seaside venue boasting mesmerising views of one of the best snorkelling spots on the island. Serving scrumptious Asian and amazing Western cuisine, this cosy establishment is also a fantastic spot to sample some perfectly cooked vegetarian dishes.
4. Ali Baba and Co
The relaxing setting and twinkling fairy lights of Ali Baba and Co attract hungry travellers to savour traditional Indonesian food and chill out to the sounds of the ocean. Opt for a spacious sala to enjoy an intimate meal in private or choose a table set up right on the beach to relish a romantic dining experience with your feet in the sand.
5. Gili Santay
If you love seafood barbecues, head to Gili Santay on the east coast of the island. This simple local eatery serves fresh catch of the day cooked to your liking along with some amazing local and Thai dishes to treat your taste buds.
6. Biba Beach Cafe
For some genuine wood fired pizza complete with a thin and crispy crust, opt for Biba restaurant. Featuring a modern setting and chilled out ambience, Biba provides an idyllic refuge from the tropical sun and serves amazing sunset views. Don’t forget to leave some space for the mouth-watering Italian desserts!
7. Le Cirque
A bit more pricey than other similar venues on the island, Le Cirque still remains a must-visit! Serving the best Western food on the island, the restaurant features a trendy interior and stunning beachfront setting, taking your casual island dining experience to a new level.
8. Ruby’s Cafe
Hosted beneath the lovely thatched-roof of a traditional Joglo house, Ruby’s Cafe boasts genuine local dishes and exotic fresh juices. Try their take on beef rendang, a rich curry once voted the best food in the world. Needless to say, it tastes amazing!
9. Classico Italiano
Another amazing Italian restaurant, Classico Italiano is owned by an Italian couple, providing a truly authentic Italian dining experience. Scrumptious starters, genuine pizza and pasta and mouth-watering desserts will leave no one unsatisfied. Classico Italiano is definitely one of the best restaurants in Gili Air for satisfying a serious hunger.
10. The Mexican Kitchen
Finding genuine Mexican cuisine on such a remote island as Gili Air might seem like a stretch – which is why we are so happy to let you on the secret that is the Mexican Kitchen. The Mexican Kitchen is an awesome midrange dining venue with an elaborate menu and a great selection of authentic South-American fare to choose from. Indulge in an authentic frozen margarita, breathtaking sunsets and delicious Mexican food.
With it’s stunning beaches and laid-back atmosphere, Gili Air is a fantastic option for travellers looking for a more serene setting than you’ll find on the southern shores of neighbouring Bali. Add to that all the great restaurants in Gili Air and there’s only one question left – how soon can we go?